PEI student reportedly arrested, released due to suspected terrorism link

March 27, 2015

RCMP on Tuesday arrested Seyed Amir Hossein Raisolsadat, reportedly a chemistry student at the University of Prince Edward Island, on the suspicion that he might commit a terrorism-related offence. Raisolsadat was later released on the condition that he remain in the province, abstain from possessing a firearm, and that he report to RCMP on a weekly basis. UPEI has not released an official statement; however, the National Post reports that the institution sent a letter to faculty informing them that media reports had linked a student to a police investigation. The letter, from VP Academic Christian Lacroix, said that “at this time, UPEI has not been contacted by any law enforcement agencies about this matter.” Siavash Samei, President of UPEI’s Iranian Society, said that “in my personal knowledge, Raisolsadat is a good boy from a good, educated family. He is a talented person and I believe this recent issue is a misunderstanding.” The RCMP’s decision to pursue a peace bond in the case is unusual. University of Ottawa professor Wesley Wark said, “peace bonds are meant to be a more flexible tool so that you don’t end up putting someone behind bars who shouldn’t be behind bars. There will be cases where you have reasonable grounds to suspect a person might engage in terrorism but you don’t have all the evidence to bring to court to lead a successful conviction.” Raisolsadat is scheduled to appear in court on April 20. National Post | CBC